Industry News: No NZ plan for Tesla


The Green Party may have ideas around having Tesla Model S sedans as government limousines, but if they do they will be private imports, with Tesla telling AutoTalk it has no plans for the New Zealand market.

The suggestion of the vehicle came this week as media jumped upon the approaching date for the renewal of the ‘All-of-Government’ fleet arrangements renewal – that will include the VIP fleet.

But according to Tesla’s Melbourne based communications manager, Heath Walker, New Zealand is currently not catered for in the company’s plans. Continue reading “No NZ plan for Tesla” »

Industry News: Ute racing to return this weekend


After their last race at Taupo was cancelled due to high winds, drivers in the Ssangyong Racing Series are keen to get back on the track this weekend.

Round Two at Hampton Downs sees the number of female drivers in the SsangYong grid increase to five with new comer Stef Baigent (Kent Baigent’s daughter) racing the SsangYong Motor Company sponsored ute.

Ex NZV8 and TRS driver and top female so far, Christina Orr, finished in the Top 10 at Taupo and is hoping to climb the ladder at Hampton. Continue reading “Ute racing to return this weekend” »

Industry News: Standardisation key to profits for premium brands


Premium manufacturers Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and BMW want to sell more standardised cars and services to boost profit margins and simplify the complex list of buyer optionss , while also giving them the choice of a bespoke car if they want.

The move is partly aimed at attracting customers who might struggle with the ever growing list of model variants, multimedia features and safety technology available in new cars, said all three companies at the Paris motor show.

Volvo Cars chief executive Hakan Samuelsson says the trend to offer more and more choice in equipping cars was over-rated. Continue reading “Standardisation key to profits for premium brands” »

Industry News: Special Edition E-Class released


Mercedes-Benz has taken a leaf of out its rival BMW’s book with the launch of a special edition E Class saloon with $11,000 worth of added value at no extra cost to the customer.

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand says the E 250 (petrol) and E 250 CDI (diesel) saloon ‘Special Edition’ will be available to customer order for a limited time.

Both‘Special Edition’ E 250 models are fitted with heated front seats, a 360 degree camera, wood/leather steering wheel, illuminated front door sills, Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and a panoramic sliding sunroof. Continue reading “Special Edition E-Class released” »

Industry News: Can’t afford a Ferrari? How about a share

ferrariEven if you can’t afford the price of a Ferrari, you are soon likely to be able to get your hands on a share of the prancing house.

An actual share – with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announcing plans to split off the supercar maker and list 10% of it on the New York Stock Exchange.

The plan is expected to raise around US$1.15 billion, as the company tries to pay down nearly US$5 billion in debt. Continue reading “Can’t afford a Ferrari? How about a share” »

Industry News: Government to seek new vehicle contracts

mbieThe government is set to update the contracts that guide where government departments and public bodies source their cars, trucks and other vehicles.

The current ‘All-of-Government’ arrangements end in June 2015.

Handling the process is the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s ‘Vehicle Centre of Enterprise’, who are working to release a Request For Proposal during November. Continue reading “Government to seek new vehicle contracts” »

Industry News: AutoNation CEO predicts US sales of over 17 million

Mike Jackson-AutoNation CEO

Mike Jackson-AutoNation CEO

US-based auto sales will rise above 17 million vehicles next year for only the third time in history, according to AutoNation chief executive officer, Mike Jackson.

AutoNation – the biggest US auto dealership chain – on Tuesday reported a 20% increase in third-quarter (3Q) profit, and said it would spend another US$250 million (A$282.1 million) buying back shares.

2014 3Q revenue totaled US$4.9 billion, compared to US$4.5 billion in the year-ago period, an increase of 10%, driven by stronger performance in all of the company’s business sectors – new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance. Continue reading “AutoNation CEO predicts US sales of over 17 million” »

Industry News: Charges proposed for Auckland’s motorways

Screen-Shot-2014-10-29-at-12.56.03-pmA charge of up to $2 a time to enter the Auckland motorway network has been proposed as a way of funding the development of the city’s transport network.

Options were released today by Auckland Council’s Independent Advisory board, with two suggestions put on the table to meet the $12 Billion funding gap over the next 30 years.

One is to fund rail and road expansion with rates and a regional fuel tax – a rates increase of around 1%, and an additional fuel tax of annually of 1.2 cents per litre, or; Continue reading “Charges proposed for Auckland’s motorways” »

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